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Many points come up in the abortion debate. Here's a look at 10 abortion arguments from both sides - 10 arguments for abortion and 10 arguments against abortion - for a total of 20 statements covering a range of issues including teen pregnancy, rape and incest, post-abortion stress, health concerns and complications, and whether abortion is moral.
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Romeo and Juliet - Shakespeare's famous teenage couple - are more than star-crossed lovers. They're lending their names to Romeo and Juliet laws - legislation enacted by states that attempts to legally define the difference between child molestation and sex between consenting teenagers.What Romen and Juliet laws mean for teens.
What is a cougar, and how old are cougar women? What is the age difference between a cougar and the men she pursues? Definition of a cougar woman, plus several real-life examples of Hollywood cougar couples.
A look at why women choose abortion and the most commonly given reasons why women have an abortion.
If you're wondering whether or not your relationship will last, clues to how your partner really feels are revealed when you look at the meaning behind the gifts he's given you.
Increased safety and security are just a couple of swipes away with these iPhone and smart phone apps that enable you to reach out to resources if you find you're being threatened or may become the victim of rape or sexual assault.
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What are the different types of abortion and how far along can you be to have an abortion?
Years after she was raped while serving in the military, a wife and mother recalls the traumatic assault, the trust she placed in the officer who betrayed and raped her, the lack of support from the priest who counseled her and her superiors, and the family that refused to back her when she sought to press charges.
Statistics and facts on teenage pregnancies in the United States.
When deciding what's the right age to have sex, many young women and teen girls are influenced by their peers. But if they turn to the media for the answer to the question
Abortion facts including annual abortion statistics in the U.S. Essential facts for pro-choice and pro-life advocates.
A look at the reasons why teens choose abortion, and the role that parental involvement and access to abortion services play in the decision-making.
Drawing from a cross section of political, economic, and social concerns, these top 10 facts about women illustrate why women's issues should be of concern to every woman
Rape survivor Renee DeVesty shares her story after nearly 30 years of silence and explains why women who recover are rape survivors, not rape victims.
Although it's a number many women dread, turning 50 isn't the end of the world. A look at the good, the bad and the ugly of turning fifty for women including increased self-acceptance, menopause, an empty nest, and that inevitable underarm sag that resembles fish bellies.
The 19th amendment, also known as the Susan B. Anthony Amendment, guaranteed women the right to vote and was signed into law on August 26, 1920.
When a woman overhears the comment that she's a 'butterface,' is that a compliment or an insult? What is the definition of butterface? Where does the meaning of butterface come from?
What is an order of protection? Definition of the legal term, and an explanation of how to get an order of protection.
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Sex with the boss may sound exciting, dangerous, and romantic, but an office affair with the boss can cause resentment from co-workers, impact both your careers, and is a bad idea all around.
The first in a two-part series on the pros and cons of abstinence, these 10 arguments for abstinence include why abstinence is the only 100% effective method of pregnancy prevention and why delaying sex may be the best choice for teens emotionally and academically.
Female friendships often suffer due to moving, marriage or motherhood, prompting many women to seek out new friends. But meeting new people isn't as easy as it once was, and many women are going online to make new friends.
What are the qualities of women leaders? Is there a gender difference between male and female leadership? Are there leadership qualities unique to women?
Who was Rosie the Riveter? A description of Rosie the Riveter, a World War II image created for a propaganda campaign to encourage women to work, and how she emerged as an icon of working women.
A list of websites that provide an online directory of abortion clinics that offer abortion services or referrals to abortion providers including links and phone numbers.
A list of the top ten states with the highest teenage pregnancy rates and highest birth rates among females age 15-19 in the U.S.
Although the term wet nurse is rarely heard today, for centuries it was a position commonly held by poor women who would breastfeed the babies of the aristocracy. How did wet nursing come about and what led to the demise of the profession?
The second in a two-part series on the pros and cons of abstinence, these 10 arguments against abstinence include reasons why this may not be the most realistic approach for all teens and how teens are still at risk of getting STDs even if they refrain from vaginal intercourse but still engage in other forms of sexual contact.
There is an anti-choice frenzy sweeping the nation in the wake of Obamacare. What is the Right doing to undermine women's access to reproductive care?
Is there value in female friendships? As women we are more social, more community focused, collaborative, and less competitive than men - and the need for girlfriends is part of our DNA.
The Cosby scandal has revealed some disturbing ways in which we think about rape and sexual violence. Here are some facts to dispel the myth.
Facts and statistics on cyberstalking and women
Ten facts about teen dating violence and statistics on dating abuse in adolescent relationships.
If you want to give a distinctive gift with special meaning, why not shop for gifts that give back to the women who produced them? These gifts 'give twice' by benefiting both seller and recipient. Often handmade by artisans who work within a women's collective, these socially responsible gifts provide financial support and economic independence to women, their families and communities. Browse this list of over a dozen resources for online gifts -- all benefit women, and many qualify as fair trade gifts.
A link exists between domestic violence and low self-esteem, compounding the difficulty experienced by victims trying to break free from partner abuse.
Rape and physical abuse of prostitutes are all too common in the sex trade. Prostitution statistics reveal that most have endured childhood sexual abuse and face a similar situation in adulthood. Yet the legal system turned a blind eye to prostitutes who've been raped, until the case of Aileen Wuornos made headlines.
What is an ectopic pregnancy? Here's a brief answer with resources for more in-depth information.
Twelve girls. One small town. Four grades of high school. Five hundred hours of footage. Eight emotional
It's devastating to lose a mother at any age. For adult daughters, the grief is accompanied by a feeling of being alone, being unmoored, even for women who weren't close to their mothers. A therapist and author of a memoir on her own mother/daughter relationship reflects on the impact of a mother's death on an adult daughter, and the mix of thoughts and feelings that are engendered.
A look at the history of women on the Supreme Court, including the first female justice Sandra Day O'Connor and the second female justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
A biography and profile of Michelle Obama, wife of presidential candidate and Illinois Senator Barack Obama.
Is Sadie Hawkins Day a real day, and is it the same day as Leap Day, February 29? How did it start, and why do women ask men out or propose marriage on Sadie Hawkins Day?
Does the government fund abortions? Do taxpayer dollars pay for abortion? Although the short answer is no, the long answer covers exactly how taxpayer dollars are restricted from paying for abortions and the legislation that blocks government funding of abortion.
Learn the 12 tips to protect yourself from cyberstalking.
A description of the international campaign highlighting 16 days of activism against gender-based violence against women.
How common is child sexual abuse? Is the typical perpetrator more likely to be the stranger in the park looking for his lost dog, or a trusted friend or family member? Facts and statistics on the prevalence of child sexual abuse and who's at greatest risk of becoming a victim.
Drawing from the most current data available from the Guttmacher Institute's February 2012 report on teenage pregnancy, teenage abortion and teenage birth rates, here's a compilation of statistics and facts on teen pregnancy in the U.S. and comprehensive national trends from the most recent year available, 2008.
What is CEDAW, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women? A description of the United Nations' international human rights treaty also known as the Treaty for the Rights of Women.
How different is feminism in India from feminism in the West? Author and Indian feminist Sarojini Sahoo explains how Eastern feminism has an additional hurdle to overcome - tigher restrictions on female sexuality - and why women are the victims of cultural practices such as bride burning and dowry killings.
Definition of cyberstalking and examples of the forms it can take.
Although domestic violence affects the lives of 1 out of 4 women, there’s a lot of misinformation out there about this unfortunately common part of society. We’re here to separate fact from fiction.
At Gloucester High school, an alleged teenage pregnancy pact has resulted in 17 pregnancies at the school this past year. Why do teens choose to become pregnant, and what are the other issues that complicate the situation?
How the Hyde Amendment's restrictions on Medicaid abortion coverage hurts those who need abortion services the most - poor women who cannot afford to pay for abortion themselves.
Freshman year of college is one of transition, change, and growing independence, especially for female students. These 10 tips -- advice from a graduating college senior -- are geared to girls entering college for the first time and will help you to know what to expect and how to handle the challenges ahead.
When a woman turns 50 in the Netherlands, she becomes a Sarah -- old enough to have seen the biblical figure of the same name. The Sarah 50th birthday celebrates older women and has many unique traditions associated with this special birthday.
A mother of three sons considers the advantages of single sex education for boys and finds that like girls, boys benefit from a classroom setting that focuses exclusively on their needs and helps dispel gender stereotypes.
Men are more likely to view women as sex objects after seeing sexy images such as photos of women in bikinis, according to a study by psychologist Susan Fiske.
Who is more likely to vote, women or men? Are there gender differences in voter turnout between women and men?
Rape myths -- beliefs about sexual violence and rape victims -- are almost always wrong yet persist in our culture and are commonly accepted beliefs. A definition of what rape myths are, examples of common rape myths, and the story of a CBS reporter whose rape in Egypt in February 2011 illustrates the negative impact of rape myths.
Advances in technology have allowed stalking to go online, with perpetrators accessing personal information. Read about examples of cyberstalking and individual stories.
Is TLC's polygamy reality show 'Sister Wives' worth watching? A feminist takes a look at the family dynamics between Kody Brown and the sister wives, and wonders if a polygamist can be accused of cheating on his wives.
Although rape victim Renee DeVesty healed physically from her rape, it took years to overcome the emotional trauma and move from victim to rape survivor on the road to recovery from rape.
What is Title VII? An explanation the types of employment discrimination prohibited by Title VII, including gender. Special focus is given to the concerns of working women.
The occupations that employ the most women continue to fall under the 'traditional' careers for women. These jobs also employ the largest percentage of women, and the top ten occupations for women account for 28% of the female labor force.
What is pelvic inflammatory disease? How does it relate to sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs) and can it affect a woman's ability to become pregnant?
What is a millennial? Definition of the term and how millennials are changing the workplace.
It's commonly accepted that women should pitch their voice lower to convey authority and be more successful, but is this true? Does voice pitch influence perceptions of authority? Are women's voices more irritating than men, and is there a gender bias? Do we respond differently to female voices? A professional voiceover actor looks at bias and gender discrimination in the voiceover industry and what it takes to get to the top.
A victim of cyberstalking, one woman tells the story of how she eventually became an expert and advocate for others.
Most frequently cited by opponents as the country's leading abortion provider, Planned Parenthood does so much more for women's health care. Only 3% of the services provided by Planned Parenthood are abortion services, so what are the other 97%? Here's a detailed account of what Planned Parenthood does.
A diagnosis of ovarian cancer is frightening, but the disease isn't always fatal, as these ovarian cancer survivor stories reveal.
Who are the women who keep their names, and why do they make this choice? The personal and political implications that shape the decision.
Give Mom a gift she really wants - your time and effort spent on something she'll truly appreciate. All it takes is some planning and preparation, and best of all, it's free.
Jane Noe was a college student studying overseas when she was raped by a fellow student. Alone and afraid no one would believe her, she remained silent...until she found out she was pregnant. A pro-choice advocate, Noe explains why her decision to continue on with her pregnancy and keep the baby was the right one for her even as she supports every woman's right to choose.
When a woman faces an unintended pregnancy and a baby she can't raise, when she terminates her pregnancy,
You're thinking about having an abortion and you've got questions about abortion and the abortion process. Having an abortion requires a great deal of advance planning, and this list of six items to consider can help with the decision-making and the process of choosing a legitimate health care provider who offers abortion services.
It's common knowledge that women earn less than men, but what are the facts and statistics? Numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reveal how wide or narrow the gender wage gap is based on age, race, education, and marital status
Most women will experience sexual harassment in their lives, and it'll happen at the hands of a man who is more powerful than her -- typically a boss, supervisor, or one of the higher-ups in her workplace. What is it that makes some powerful men think they can get away with sexually harassing women? Does power change how men regard women?
Was Mrs. Claus an early feminist icon? In her first appearance in 1889, she was already pushing the envelope on gender roles and women's equality.
Every time a sex scandal rocks the headlines, a powerful man is involved. What is the connection between men, sex and power, and why do powerful men behave so badly towards women? How does politics play into sex and power?
The fastest growing population in the juvenile justice system, girls are underserved and their specific needs unmet in a system designed for boys. The issues that often drive girls toward delinquency -- such as sexual and physical abuse and neglect -- are made much worse.
Shirley Chisholm made history in 1972 as the first black woman to run for president, 35 years before Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama battled it out for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination.
Sending your child off to college is never an easy process. Here are 10 tips on what to expect, how to make saying goodbye easier, and ways to support your child's growing independence.
An explanation of the Bejing Declaration and Platform for Action, approved by participants at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China in September 1995.
Why do we label older women who date younger men 'cougar women'? A look at the stereotypes and misinformation about cougar women from a woman who just happens to date younger men and resists the label.
What are the best jobs for women available? A look at the careers that employ the most women, the occupations that have the largest percentage of women, the top paying jobs for women, jobs where women earn more than men, and more. Plus factors that can have a positive or negative influence on her job and career.
What is slut shaming? What does slut shaming involve and who is targeted? Why does slut shaming happen?
If CEDAW - the Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women - is an international bill of rights for women, why won't the U.S. ratify CEDAW? A look at the reasons why, the presidents who supported it, and the groups that oppose it.
A Kent State psychologist reveals why narcissistic men harbor hostility toward heterosexual women, and why dating narcissistic men may be a very bad idea.
The number of child brides and child marriages worldwide is 51 million and is expected to double in the next ten years. And the social and economic impact of child marriages is widespread and overwhelmingly negative. Details on why this is so.
The Equal Rights Amendment or ERA, proposed and passed by Congress but never ratified by the required number of states, guarantees the equality of rights of both women and men under the Constitution.
When it comes to women's health, these ten health issues are the leading causes of death. It's important to know what they are because many are preventable.
Marissa Alexander, a domestic abuse survivor from Jacksonville, FL who unsuccessfully attempted to use Florida’s “Stand Your Ground Law,” just accepted a plea deal.
Even when we think we're being careful, we reveal a surprising amount of personal information when we use social networking sites and social media. These 10 tips for women and girls can help protect your privacy and reduce the risk of stalking and identity theft.
How much does an abortion cost? The answer depends on what type of abortion you choose -- an in-clinic procedure or a medication abortion involving the abortion pill.
An adult daughter comes to terms with the terminal diagnosis and impending death of a parent, and recalls the special father daughter relationship they shared.
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What is the role of African American women in the black church? In a typical black church the majority of the congregation is female and the pastor in the pulpit is male. Black women have long been recognized as the backbone of the church, yet they are rarely spiritual leaders. What do black women think of this situation?
What does affirmative action mean for women?
Biography of Alexis A. Moore, cyberstalking expert and Founder/President of Survivors in Action, a national victim's advocacy group.
Rapes on campus are rarely reported by female college students who are afraid of the judgment and shame of friends and family, and who often blame themselves for what happened.
Facts and statistics about cyberstalking and women. A look at cybercrimes against women and advice for women on how to deal with cyberstalkers.
A biography of Yahoo CEO and former Google VP Marissa Mayer including details about her family, childhood and early influence, high school and college years, personal life, and her achievements and successes during her 13 years at Google.
An ABC News 20/20 investigation in January 2011 revealed a disturbing history of rape and sexual assault among women serving as volunteers in the Peace Corps. This most recent news is just one in a series of articles and stories about the dangers faced by women in the Peace Corps, a US government agency more concerned with its image than with keeping women volunteers safe.
A survivor of domestic violence who escaped after 23 years of abuse debunks myths about domestic violence with examples drawn from her own experiences.
The third in a five-part series of interviews with international women's rights expert Kavita N. Ramdas on CEDAW and how well (or poorly) the U.S. ranks in terms of gender equity and women's rights as compared to other nations.
When a child leaves for college, it's particularly hard for women who see themselves as friends first, mothers second, to let go.
Despite facing violence at alarming rates, trans women are often left out of the domestic violence discussion.
The penultimate film in The Hunger Games franchise is worth seeing, especially in the context of our current global unrest.
Laverne Cox is the breakout star of the hit Netflix series Orange is the New Black. But Cox is more than a beautiful and talented actress—she’s a writer, producer, and outspoken trans activist whose star is on the rise.
Synonymous with older women who date younger men, the term 'cougar' isn't necessarily a compliment -- or an accurate way to describe women whose partners just happen to be younger. The UK entrepreneur behind the Don't Call Me a Cougar blog exposes the fallacies of the cougar stereotype, and says that the term is sexist, ageist, and not empowering to women.
Malala Yousafzai is a young Pakistani woman who was shot because she defied the Taliban. Her words and work stand as a testament to her resiliency and fierce determination to women’s rights and education.
What's the meaning behind Sarah Palin's children's names? Why do they have such unusual names?
Known to her fans as Flylady, this internet phenomenon helps women organize and declutter. Meet Flylady Marla Cilley, the woman behind the buzz.
What is Planned Parenthood -- a health care provider? an organization that provides sex education? a family planning clinic? an advocacy group? Planned Parenthood is each of these things and more. A comprehensive look at the non-profit organization, its mission and outreach, its educational programs for children, teens and young adults, and its training programs for professionals who work with youths.
Every August 26th we celebrate Women’s Equality Day, but what exactly is it all about and why do we still need this day?
An expert in child support enforcement describes the ins and outs of the enforcement of child support and tips for parents pursuing child support payments.
How to find an abortion clinic that offer abortion services and avoid those anti-abortion websites that appear to be pro-choice but are designed to scare women away from abortion.
Why has the cougar image come to represent every woman over 40 who dates a younger man? Is it a stereotype or an accurate description of a new lifestyle trend? Here are several perspectives on the cougar phenomenon.
Race matters when it comes to weight, as studies show black women can weigh more than white women, have higher BMI and waist circumference measurements, and still be healthier.
Cheryl Strayed’s Wild is more than a memoir about hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, it’s a story of one woman’s journey towards healing and empowerment.
Many women approach the empty nest phase of their lives with fear and trepidation, and they shouldn't. Of course there's sadness and regret during the initial weeks of getting adjusted to an empty nest, but that's just part of the cycle of life. An empty nest can also mean personal renewal and new opportunities for growth. These 11 tips on thriving during the empty nest years will help you embrace what can be a very exciting time.
Pop culture and media depictions of teen pregnancy are everywhere - in film, television, documentaries, and in the news.
Look at teenage birth rates by state and you'll see a wide disparity between the states with the highest rate and the one with the lowest. What state has the highest teen birth rate? Which one has the lowest? And is the recent nationwide decline in teenage births reflected in every state?
A review of Darren Aronofsky's 'Black Swan' which examines a number of women's themes woven throughout the film -- themes involving mother daughter relationships, female friendships, the transition from girlhood to womanhood, sexual harassment, women's power, female sexuality and the pursuit of perfection.
Controversial on several levels, the HPV vaccine became a political issue in the 2011 presidential race as two candidates, Texas Governor Rick Perry and Rep. Michele Bachmann, used the issue as a weapon in a presidential debate and in media appearances. The use of vaccine scares, however, is not new to the HPV vaccine as misinformation about an alleged autism/vaccine link made the public squeamish about the potential dangers of vaccines. Page 2.
With all the charges of exploitation and stigma around sex work, can porn ever be empowering? Porn stars Belle Knox and Asa Akira seem to think so.
Tips from a recovering binge eater - 10 ways to help a binge eater including specific ways in which you can offer support to help them from binging.
A description of Title IX which changed the face of women's sports.
A look at teen pregnancy in the U.S., including facts and statistics and media coverage of teen pregnancies making headlines.
A college student who's faced Binge Eating Disorder discusses ways to avoid triggers at college.
A short but comprehensive bio / profile of Beyoncé who is tied with Adele as the female artist with the most Grammy wins in one night.
It goes by many names, like “le petit mort” and the big O, or simply as an orgasm. What’s your women’s orgasm IQ?
The events preceding the confirmation of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, the controversies surrounding her nomination by President Obama, the bi-partisanship evident in her Senate confirmation process, and her historic appointment as the Court's first Hispanic justice
While we want to elect a President we can have a beer with, we still expect the First Lady to fit into a traditional role that is sadly out of touch with the times. Why does this double standard continue to exist, and what are the expectations that candidates' wives and potential First Ladies are burdened with?
The decision whether or not to require high schools to provide sex education, HIV education, or abstinence education to their students is made at the state level and has a significant impact on teen pregnancy and teen birth rates, not to mention contraceptive use. Based on the findings of the Guttmacher Institute, this article examines which states have specific requirements in place and where abstinence only education is all that's offered to students.
On the one-year anniversary of her son's death, a mother looks back on her journey of grief, loss, and healing. Linda Siniard tells how she learned of Owen's death - just shy of his 21st birthday - how she endured the months that followed, and her memories of a son whose time with her was far too short.
Every year October 11 is International Day of the Girl, a celebration of girls’ issues around the world.
Mothers who experience the death of a child find different ways to survive the pain and grief. For one California woman surviving the loss of a child, writing in an online journal about her son's life and death helps her and other parents to endure and perhaps heal.
When women politicians experienced sexism and sexist attacks on the campaign trail, they believed that 'put up and shut up' was in their best interests. Now we know better, and one female candidate learned the hard way that sexist attacks hurt women in politics and silence isn't golden -- it's the biggest political mistake a woman can make.
A list of the top ten states in the US that have the highest abortion rates among teenagers age 15-19.
Monica Lewinsky, the former White House intern notorious for her affair with President Bill Clinton, is attempting to reinvent herself again.
Quotes from conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh on women and women's issues taken from transcripts of his radio show. Comments include Limbaugh's take on women, feminism and feminazis, political figures, political scandals, and more, all in Rush Limbaugh's own words.
Renowned actress Lauren Bacall has passed away at the age of 89. She leaves behind a legacy of great acting and fierce strength.
When women cry at work, is it a career killer? Is crying a sign of weakness? We all believe we won't be taken seriously if we're seen crying in the workplace. But is this true, and is there ever a situation in which crying can be beneficial?
Despite a very real gender-based wage gap, in some jobs women often earn more than men. High paying jobs for women frequently revolve around non-traditional jobs, and in career fields where women are scarce, they can earn more than their male counterparts.
Despite breaking through the glass ceiling, what the top female CEOs earn might surprise you. And no surprise -- they earn significantly less than men.